It is 16 days into 2020 and if you’re reading this, you are doing great!
Seriously, everything feels loaded with portent because it’s an election year and the internet is setting brains on fire and everyone we’ve met is half-corked on existential dread and that one Trumper we all know just won’t. shut. up.
You don’t have to deal with it if you don’t want to.
Seriously. Take a break.
You don’t need to do any twee “self-care” stuff where you plan the perfect evening of rest and relaxation where you light a candle that smells like Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina and take time for mindfulness. That just sounds like work.
You’d probably be better off texting this vagina candle meme to some friends and snickering about it for the next twenty minutes.
You laughed, right?
Spend more time doing stuff like sharing weird memes and laughing at the absurdity of it all. Or spend time petting dogs. Reading gossip websites. Join a facebook group about cookie recipes. Go find a little joy in this life and revel in it.
We take ourselves so seriously that we can’t even chill out without it being a thing. It isn’t always introvert time or recharging or whatever. Sometimes it’s just being a little frivolous for a while because being frivolous is okay. It’s fun! Try it! Be frivolous!
Think about the scene in The Hate You Give where the teens are all running through the riots in Starr’s neighborhood, looking for a place to be safe from the fires. They’re actually in mortal danger but int he middle of it all, they start cracking up over something Starr’s boyfriend said about mac’n’cheese.
It’s ok to laugh even when the world burns.